Mr. Bijoy Lal Basu
Dept. of English
University of Dhaka
The Education System in Bangladesh: In need of an overhaul
Bangladesh had a GDP of 6.3% in the fiscal year 2011-12, thanks to the readymade garments (RMG) sector. Many firms in this sector are willing to open up their own research and development (R&D) unit in order to sustain their competence in the global market by innovating new machineries and more effective production process but they are unable to open this unit. This is because the ...view middle of the document...
Even when they get admitted to a school, they had to study everyday for a long time. They even do not have any time to play which hinders their mental growth. They are made to memorize their essays from the books which they are supposed to write on their own. This is the first step to disrupt their creativity.
Nowadays, students have to take four major exams in their twelve years of study. These four exams which are conducted by the respective boards, especially the one that is taken at class five, are not necessary. The one taken at class ten is also unnecessary. Rather two exams could be taken: one at class eight and the other at class twelve. Moreover, the question pattern of these exams requires the students to memorize and not write something on their own and proficiency shown by the students in the science laboratories is neglected which again hinders their creativity.
On the other hand, the students are required to make decisions on whether they intend to study on science, commerce or arts at class nine. At such a small age the students are not matured enough to make the right decisions i.e. in which background they want to study. Therefore, they end up making the wrong decision most of the time. They realize this mistake after a long time and by the time the decision becomes irreversible. They end up being monotonous about their field of study and thus they lose their creativity. This problem could be overcome by allowing the students to chose their field of study at a later time when they are matured enough to make their own decisions.
In the overall context it can be said that the present state of education in Bangladesh is unsatisfactory. This system creates apathy among students to take part in education and statistics show that rate of drop-out at primary and secondary level of education is very high. Therefore, it can be concluded that in order to develop a creative workforce for the betterment of the economy and for a prosperous Bangladesh the education system of Bangladesh needs an immediate overhaul.